During his Super Bowl Media Day session, Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said there is nothing in his contract that makes him the defensive coordinator-in-waiting, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Butler has coached the Steelers’ linebackers since 2003, and has been rumored to be the in-house replacement for the 73-year old Dick LeBeau, whose contract expires after this season.
Due to head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s connections to the Steelers, Butler’s name has been linked to the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator position. The Cardinals fired Bill Davis after the 2010 season, and have yet to announce a replacement. (Davis is now the linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns, a post Butler held from 1999-2002.)
According to Somers, Butler does not know if Pittsburgh would grant permission for him to interview with the Cardinals.
Butler played linebacker for 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him in the second round of the 1978 NFL Draft.